Vail Daily letter: OK, that’s enough already
Vail, CO, Colorado
In this age of the 24-hour news cycle and amid the circus that is the Republican primary season, many of us cherish our time spent outdoors. Going skiing with friends or hiking with the dog affords a needed respite from the constant bombardment of media and advertising that assault us from ever-increasing outlets.
I found myself on a recent Saturday morning finished with my work of clearing snow earlier than usual, so decided to take a few runs in the fresh powder.
I usually don’t ski on Saturdays, but the new snow beckoned me to the Vista Bahn at 8 a.m. to wait in line with the visiting crowd. I snuggled into the maze just a few rows from the front and enjoyed the splendor of an early morning in Vail awaiting another powder day.
As I was listening to the typical lift-line banter, a group of middle-aged men caught my ear. They were excitedly complimenting a man in front of them who had a “Nobama” sticker on his helmet, the one that has a red line streaked through the middle of our president’s likeness.
You would’ve thought they were schoolboys on the playground the way they were cackling in their enthusiasm.
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Of course, the man had several more stickers in his pocket and offered them to his new friends. They proceeded to take turns applying the stickers to each other’s helmets amid proclamations and high fives, acting as though they had just achieved something really grand.
Normally not one to hold my tongue in the presence of jackassery, I decided to keep my opinion to myself this time. It was a beautiful morning, and they were doing enough themselves to prove any point that others in line were thinking.
A few days later, having mostly forgotten this incident, I was skiing yet another great day on Vail Mountain. Riding Chair 17 with friends, I noticed the same sticker on at least two of the lift towers. I shared the story of the previous weekend with them and they agreed with my disgust at such disrespectful propaganda being placed on the mountain.
I don’t know Vail Resorts’ exact policy on such matters, but I’m pretty sure they don’t condone people defacing their property with any kind of signage or literature.
We all go skiing as an escape from the stresses of the manic world in which we live, and I for one do not want to see any reminder of politics or any other issue plastered about the landscape.
So to all who visit our community, kindly stop spreading your disrespecting, distasteful graffiti on our mountain.